Mount Cutler Trail — Colorado Springs, CO

On a beautiful July morning, my friends and I went for a hike. We drove from our hotel in Colorado Springs to a trail just outside of town. From there we hiked up a gentle mountain known as Mount Cutler. I’m not a hiker, but I was able to handle the walk. Along the way, I got some beautiful pictures of the alpine forest. Here are my favorite pictures from the Mount Cutler hike.

The Hike Up

Road to Mount Cutler

The road to Mount Cutler. I wish my morning commute looked like this.

Rocky Crag

A rocky crag on the way to Mount Cutler. It’s amazing the photos you can take from a moving car.



Mount Cutler Trail Halfway Point

One of the flatter portions of the trail. A good halfway point.

Rock Formations

Rock Pillar

A rock pillar. Unlike Vermont granite, this rock is very brittle, and is not good for stonework.

Large Outcropping

One of the larger outcroppings along the trail. My friend tried to climb it, but the stone’s too brittle. Notice all the gravel coming off of it.

Scenic Views

Mount Cutler Scenic View 1

A scenic view from the Mount Cutler trail. We weren’t even very high up yet.

Seven Falls

Seven Falls in Colorado, as viewed from Mt. Cutler.

Seven Falls Viewing Platform

The Seven Falls viewing platform. Even in this beautiful and rustic locale, there’s a Coke machine.

Mount Cutler Scenic View 2

Another scenic view, this one from much higher up. I love how the horizon melts into the sky.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs regularly at

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